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Leopard hunt after 3 child deaths

By CNN's Mukhtar Ahmad In Srinagar
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SRINAGAR, India-controlled Kashmir (CNN) -- Indian security forces Monday afternoon joined the state wildlife department's hunt for a leopard that has killed three children in less than a week in Chattergul village, nestled in the foothills of Pir Panjal Himalayan mountain range in south Kashmir.

In addition to special police teams, "two quick-response teams have also been constituted which will be utilized as and when news regarding the presence of any wild animal is received," said a police spokesman in Srinagar.

The Kashmir range police chief, S.M. Sahai, visited the area Monday and assured residents there would be an all-out government action to trap the beast.

Villagers have been holding protests against the wildlife department's response to the attacks.

That led to a police baton charge on protesters, a step that was condemned by the minister for power and health, Peer Mohammad Hussain. He promised action against police officers involved in wrongdoing.

The state government Sunday announced a cash reward of 10,000 Indian rupees for definitive information leading to capture of the leopard.

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